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Irish Question, No. 21.] 




"With the right to protect home industries by means of a protective 
tariff, supplemented by an abundant supply of paper money, there is no 
reason why Ireland should not be able in a few years to be a prosperous 
country ."—Irish World, May 8, 1886. 

The present leaders of the Irish National League want to 
protect Irish manufactures by levying taxes on British goods. 

Ireland is not big enough to thrive within a Chinese customs 
wall. A few manufactures might flourish with protection, but 
the whole Irish community would grow poorer, and her people 
would come here in greater numbers and flood the labour market, 
causing increased depression and distress. Animosity thus 
excited against Irishmen would embitter the relations between 
the Irish and English democracy, causing costly precautions to 
be taken to keep peace and order. 

It is essential for Ireland to have credit, so that capital may 
flow to her. Enmity between the countries would cause British 
capital to be withdrawn, and American capital has never entered 
Ireland except to foment dissension. British capital has been 
invested in Ireland under the security of a common Parliament. 
With separation and the withdrawal of the Irish Members, con- 
fidence would cease, capital would vanish, and labour would 
suffer. Thus Ireland would become poorer, and with increasing 
poverty there would be increasing discontent. 

Independence may sound fine, but independence cannot live 
on an empty stomach. 

By keeping the supremacy of the Imperial Parliament, labour 
would not suffer, because confidence for the investment of 
capital and the employment of labour would remain. 

The mere rumour of separation caused Irish funds to fall to a 
ruinous extent. 

A separate Parliament for Ireland means double 
poverty there and increased taxation and labour 
competition here. 

Published by the Liberal Committee for the Maintenance of the 

Legislative Union between Great Britain and Ireland, 

35, Spring Gardens, S.W.